Your nose is a defining feature of your face. If you’re not happy with the way it looks, you don’t have to live with it forever the way it is–rhinoplasty can help! One of the benefits of rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is that it can be customized to meet your specific goals. There are multiple ways for a surgeon to perform a “nose job” depending on the patient’s goals and expectations.
Considering rhinoplasty? Here’s what you need to know about the different types of rhinoplasty and the options available. Scheduling a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon can give you a more in-depth view of your options.
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
When a surgeon performs nasal surgery, they can either use an open or closed technique. One significant difference between the two techniques is where the surgeon makes the incision. At the start of an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon cuts across the tissue that divides the nostrils. This allows them to “open” up the nose and pull back the tissues to work on the interior.
During a closed rhinoplasty, on the other hand, the surgeon makes all their incisions on the interior of the nose. There’s no external incision and no visible scarring.
Whether an open or closed procedure is the right option depends on what types of changes the patient desires. For example, if a patient wants to change the shape and positioning of the nasal tip, an open rhinoplasty might be the best option. This is because the open technique allows the surgeon improved access to the nasal tip area.
Occasionally, people state that they want a closed surgery because they don’t want any visible scarring on the exterior of the nose. It’s worth noting that although an open surgery does leave a scar, its size and position at the base of the nose usually means that it’s not very visible at all. It generally heals very well and becomes nearly invisible over time.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty
Although a nose job is typically a surgical procedure, there are non-surgical options available, sometimes called a liquid rhinoplasty. During a non-surgical rhinoplasty, a surgeon uses injectable fillers to change the shape and size of the nose. Non-surgical nose jobs can give patients an idea of the type of results they might get from surgery, but the procedure doesn’t result in permanent changes to the nose.
It’s worth noting that a non-surgical nose job doesn’t have the full functionality of a surgical nose job. There are some things fillers can do to change the appearance of the nose, such as fill in a bump or hump or augment the size of a dainty nose. But if you are looking to make a nose smaller or to correct an issue an the inside of the nose, you are most likely better off choosing the surgical version of rhinoplasty.
Just as there are many different reasons for seeking out a nose job, there are also many different types of noses. In some cases, the type of nose a person has will have some relationship to their ethnic or racial identity. For example, African-American people often have a wider nasal bridge and larger nostrils compared to Caucasian or Asian American people. It is usually the case that a person will want to make changes to their nose without completely erasing their ethnic identity.
Ethnic rhinoplasty takes into account that everyone’s nose is different and that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” option when it comes to rhinoplasty. Maintaining facial balance and harmony is essential for a good aesthetic outcome.
Along with understanding the different rhinoplasty options available, it’s also important to choose a surgeon who has years of experience performing rhinoplasty and who specializes in the procedure. In West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Michael Schwartz is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience. He can evaluate your nose, listen to your concerns and recommend the best rhinoplasty options for you. To learn more, call 561-655-5562 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.